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Distracted Driving: The Real Cost of Multi-Tasking
DID YOU KNOW:
- Drivers spend more than half their time focused on things other than driving.
- Distraction contributes to more than 5,000 traffic fatalities each year
- Texting and phone calls aren’t the only distractions: passengers, eating, and in-car technologies can also cause distractions
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Culture says that distracted driving consistently ranks as one of the traffic safety issues at forefront of many drivers’ thinking. Each year, more than 80% of drivers in the annual “Culture Index” cite distraction as a serious problem and a behavior that makes them feel less safe on the road. Nearly half of all people who say they feel less safe than they did five years ago say distracted driving by other drivers fuels their concerns.
Teens are among the drivers most impaired by distraction. A recent study showed that young drivers were distracted almost a quarter of the time they were behind the wheel. Electronic devices, such as texting, emails, and downloading music, were among the biggest distractions.
Captain Cary Langehennig serves with the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police. In his service to the motoring public, he has become an expert witness to the serious risks that distracted drivers present to themselves, and to those around them. Today’s business environment pressures us all to multi-task as we go about our day, but what is the REAL cost of inattention, especially when driving?
Join the Facility Managers Association of New Mexico at 7 am at Garduno’s Uptown Restaurant on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, to hear this important information which affects us all. Cost is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. FIRST TIME FACILITY MANAGERS ARE ALWAYS FREE, but must rsvp by January 19th to email@example.com to be included.
January Executive Director Column
Well, another year is in the books. The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico experienced tremendous growth and change for the better in 2014, despite a still struggling economic environment. FMANM had the best turn-out at this year’s golf tournament in the organization’s history. The Isotopes baseball game was sold out for the 9th year in a row. The venue for the FAB O & M Show at Sandia Resort and Casino brought more than 50 suppliers to showcase their goods and services and 200 facility personnel to the aisles. FMANM now counts the additional members from the New Mexico Society for Healthcare Engineering among our ranks. New faces have joined the Board of Directors and new officers are in position to lead the group into the future.
What does all this mean? It means that this organization is well positioned to be stronger than ever, thanks to your continued support, dedication, and feedback. The upcoming year’s meeting agendas and events will be no exception. FMANM’s growing strength has brought it favorable attention in the business community, allowing us to book some very exciting speakers in 2015.
All this being said, it is vital that we continue in this direction. The Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and our volunteers play a part in this effort, but also a HUGE responsibility lies with the membership-at-large to promote, advertise, invite, include, and welcome new and current facility managers and members. Make FMANM a frequent part of your business interactions. Invite guests to accompany you to the monthly breakfast meetings. Remember, first time facility managers attend for free! Organizational growth, in large measure, is more important than any other FMANM endeavor. See YOU in January, and a Happy and Successful New Year to us all.
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Holiday Party Nets Bucks for Joy Junction
And Fun for All
Happy folks in the holiday spirit enjoyed an early afternoon of camaraderie while contributing to the coffers of a local community homeless shelter at the December gathering of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico. Commandeering the golf course club house, the frosty mountain view provided the backdrop for the classy soirée with a philanthropic twist.
FMANM’s Joseph Rodriguez collected checks for Joy Junction and personally delivered the funds on the group’s behalf on the next day. About 40 facility managers and their guests and service providers enjoyed delicious food and beverages as the sun set over the West Mesa. Guests included visitors all the way from Denver and Phoenix, all cheerfully supporting the organization in its efforts to help those less fortunate.
FMANM completed 2014 on a high note with the most successful golf tournament in the organization’s history which was held in July, followed by the sold-out and heavily attended Facility and Building Operations and Maintenance Show held last October.
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2014 Facility & Building
Operations & Maintenance Expo
Facility professionals and their suppliers converged on
the Sandia Resort and Casino in October to share
resources and information at the 2014 FAB O&M Show.
Free food, fifty dollar gift cards, and a fun Fall Festival
theme set the stage as facility and building operations and maintenance
folks visited with their current and future suppliers.
Special thanks and appreciation was afforded to the corporate
sponsors, KONE Elevator & Escalator, and National Roofing,
who, alongside the Facility Manager Association of New and
the FMANM Healthcare Committee made the event possible.
The folks from D&H Petroleum won the cost of their booth
rebated to them by sweeping the “Best in Show” category for
their fun, interactive display which featured giant, battery-operated
spiders cruising through the crowd.
Facility Engineer Joe Brown with Greer Enterprises
commented, “I found that folks were willing to take the time to
discuss their products and services in unhurried detail. I always
get some great new ideas from the show.”
The greater good of the gathering is to add funding to
scholarships at the University of New Mexico and the Central
New Mexico Community College.
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PNM Copper Theft Legislation Update
March 10, 2014
During the 30-day legislative session that just concluded in Santa Fe, we saw good progress in our efforts to address copper theft, a crime that has hurt many of our customers. Governor Susana Martinez signed a new law that criminalize metal theft. Additionally, $200,000 has been appropriated for enforcement of the Recycled Metals Act as part of the state government budget. Customers who contacted their legislators to share their first-hand experience with copper theft on their church, business or service organization made a big difference.
SB 21, Disruption of Communications and Utilities, sponsored by Sen. Steve Neville, makes it a criminal act with penalties to create a public safety hazard or disrupt communications and utility services by theft or intentional damage to customer or utility‐owned equipment.
The law, which had support from the metal recycling industry, law enforcement and the business community, makes copper theft a misdemeanor for the first and second offenses, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, and a fourth degree felony for the third and any subsequent offense, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. The statue is one of the first to recognize copper theft as a safety hazard to innocent people, including children, who could come into contact with energized equipment left exposed by thieves, as well as to our employees who work on energized equipment. The law takes effect on May 21.
In 2012, PNM supported an amendment to the Sale of Recycled Metals Act that created a recycled metals reporting data base, but at the time no money was appropriated for enforcement activities. This year, bills sponsored by Rep. Patti Lundstrom in the House and Sen. Steve Neville in the Senate provided a $200,000 appropriation to the N.M. Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) that will fund that department’s investigation and prosecution of those who deal in stolen metal plus training and support for other law enforcement entities.
At PNM, we will continue to work with law enforcement, legislators, the recycling industry, other utilities - and you - to stop copper theft. As a reminder, through our partnership with Crime Stoppers, a $500 reward will be paid to anyone whose tip leads to the arrest and conviction of a copper thief. Please share that information with friends, family and co-workers.
To ask a question or provide input, contact Manuel Quintana, PNM account manager, at (505) 241-4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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